The Berean Expositor
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The last Adam, the one Mediator.
pp. 124 - 126
In our last paper we considered the testimony of Scripture as to the fact that "the Word
became flesh", and in dealing with Rom. 8: 3, "the likeness of the flesh of sin", we
made a comparison with Phil. 2: 7, "in likeness of men". Let us therefore observe the
teaching of Scripture with reference to the word "man" as used of Christ. This witness
must be divided into three parts, (1) The Lord's own testimony to Himself; (2) The
testimony of those who knew Him; (3) The testimony of the apostles.
"Man shall not live by bread alone" (Matt. 4: 4; Luke 4: 4).
"A man that hath told you the truth" (John 8: 40).
These are the two passages that come under the first heading. In the Lord's own
estimation he was a man who depended upon the Father, and He was a man Who had
been sent by the Father to speak the truth.
Under the second heading we have the testimony of both friend and foe:--
"A gluttonous man" (Matt. 11: 19; Luke 7: 34).
"I know not the man" (Matt. 26: 72, 74; Mark 14: 71).
"No fault in this man" (Luke 23: 4, 14).
"A righteous man" (Luke 23: 47).
"Never man spake like this man" (John 7: 46).
"Doth our law judge any man" (John 7: 51).
"A man that is called Jesus" (John 9: 11).
"This man is not of God . . . . . this man is a sinner" (John 9: 16, 24).
"Thou, being a man" (John 10: 33).
"This man doeth many miracles" (John 11: 47).
"That one man should die for the people" (John 11: 50; 18: 14).
"One of this man's disciples" (John 18: 17).
"What accusation bring ye against this man?" (John 18: 29).
"Behold the man!" (John 19: 5).
"This man's blood" (Acts 5: 28).
In these references no doctrinal utterance is found except that of the Pharisees in their
attempt to browbeat the man who had been born blind (John 9:), and even in these cases
the manhood of the Lord is never questioned, but only His mission, His relation to sin,
and His relation to God. Some misunderstood His free intercourse with publicans and
sinners, while some marvelled at the manner and matter of His message. He was looked
upon as a man that could die, as a man that could be judged, and Pilate concludes the list
of references in the Gospels by saying, "Behold the man".
The references in the third series are those that are used in the epistles. We find six
occurrences of the word anthropos, and one of aner. It may be as well to remark that
anthropos is the name of the species without reference to sex, for while individually "a
man" could not mean "a woman", anthropos covers humanity, and includes both sexes